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Adam V. Russo, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer

Adam V. Russo, Esq. is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Phia Group LLC; an experienced provider of health care cost containment offering comprehensive claims recovery, plan document, and consulting services designed to protect plan assets.

Attorney Russo is also the founder and managing partner of The Law Offices of Russo & Minchoff, a full-service law firm with offices in Boston and Braintree, Massachusetts. Attorney Russo’s practice is devoted to representing employers, plan fiduciaries, third-party administrators and insurance carriers in employment and employee benefit matters throughout the United States.

Considered to be one of the nation’s top ERISA attorneys, Adam is a frequent speaker and author, participating in webinars, conferences and seminars across the country, regarding topics ranging from captive insurance, fiduciary liability, usual, customary and reasonable fees, to self funded health plan evaluation and self funded health plan support.

Attorney Russo obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School and a Masters Degree in Finance from the Frank Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He also acquired an undergraduate degree from Suffolk University, where he double majored in Political Science and Public Relations. He was recognized by Suffolk University with the 2005 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.

Attorney Russo is on the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) Board of Directors and is on the Board of Directors at JFS of Metro-West, a non-profit agency that provides social services, elder care, adoption services, and domestic violence assistance. Attorney Russo is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Adam and his wife have four wonderful children, and in addition to spending spare time with his family and friends, Adam enjoys paddle boarding, swimming, jet skiing and watching his beloved Cleveland Indians baseball team.

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Ron E. Peck, Esq.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Ron E. Peck has been a member of The Phia Group’s team since 2006.  As an ERISA attorney with The Phia Group, Ron has been an innovative force in the drafting of improved benefit plan provisions, handled complex subrogation and third party recovery disputes, healthcare direct contracting and spearheaded efforts to combat the steadily increasing costs of healthcare. 

Considered to be not only one of the nation’s top ERISA lawyers, Attorney Peck is also viewed as one of the nation’s premier self funded health plan consultants and health benefits attorney; lecturing at and participating in many industry gatherings including but not limited to The National Association Of Subrogation Professionals (“NASP”) Litigation Skills Conference, Society of Professional Benefit Administrators (“SPBA”), the Health Care Administrator’s Association (“HCAA”), The Health Plan Alliance, and SIIA.  Ron is also frequently called upon to educate plan administrators and stop-loss carriers regarding changing laws and best practices.  Ron’s theories regarding benefit plan administration and healthcare have been published in many industry periodicals, and have received much acclaim.  Prior to joining The Phia Group, Ron was a member of a major pharmaceutical company’s in-house legal team, a general practitioner’s law office, and served as a judicial clerk.  Ron is also currently of-counsel with The Law Offices of Russo & Minchoff.

Attorney Peck obtained his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.  Attorney Peck now serves as The Phia Group’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and is also a dedicated member of SIIA’s Government Relations Committee.

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Jennifer M. McCormick, Esq.
Vice President, Consulting

Jennifer M. McCormick joined The Phia Group, LLC as corporate counsel in 2008.  As a health care attorney and ERISA lawyer with The Phia Group, Attorney McCormick concentrates on a variety of healthcare and regulatory issues facing employee benefit plans and their administrators. As Vice President of Phia Group Consulting she focuses on health benefit plan regulatory compliance services, including but not limited to self funded health plan consulting, health plan exclusions, health plan limitations, health plan revisions, defining key items such as usual and customary fees, and the entire health plan summary plan description and summary of benefits and coverage. She is a constant contributor to The Phia Group’s webinars and other educational media.

Attorney McCormick earned her J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law, with certificates in Estate Planning and Family Law, and her B.A. in both Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University, graduating with distinction as a National Dean’s List Scholar. While attending Syracuse, Attorney McCormick served as an Intercollegiate Director of the Moot Court Honor Society and as a Student Attorney in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic where she counseled clients on state and federal tax matters and the US Tax Court appeals process.

Photo Of Phia Group Director, Legal Department, Subrogation & Reimbursement Services - Christopher M. Aguair, Esq.

Christopher M. Aguiar, Esq.
Director, Legal Department, Subrogation & Reimbursement Services

Christopher is a Health Benefits Lawyer and Third Party Liability Attorney who started his career as a Claims Recovery Specialist with The Phia Group in 2005 and spent the first couple of years honing his subrogation, third party recovery and negotiation skills while also learning about the incredibly complex field of subrogation and benefit plan recovery law.  Chris quickly became a valuable asset to the recovery department as a trainer and mentor to new employees as well as a source of information and assistance for the recovery specialists. Chris has managed thousands of cases all over the country and spearheaded negotiations between plan participants, plaintiffs’ counsel, third party liability lawyers and plan administrators on matters of state and federal law, third party liability, third party recovery, as well as ERISA preemption. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of benefit plans in virtually every state and federal jurisdiction.  Most of this occurred before Chris attended law school in Boston, MA and earned his J.D. in 2014, becoming licensed to practice law in the state of Massachusetts later the same year.

Considered one of the nation’s top TPL attorneys and health benefits lawyers, Chris has overseen the training and education of staff in the ever developing arena of subrogation law and currently focuses a significant amount of time planning The Phia Group’s recovery strategies and resolving the most complicated issues between benefit plans, their stop loss partners, care providers, and benefit plan participants in relation to subrogation and overpayment recovery.  Chris is a regular presenter on The Phia Group’s Free Monthly Webinars and a regular contributor to its quarterly newsletters. He is also a regular contributor to SIIA’s monthly publication, the “Self Insurer” and has been selected as a presenter several times for the Annual Conference for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, regarding key cases such as Sereboff v. Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. and Montanile v. Board Of Trustees. Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree from Suffolk University, prior to obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University.

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Kelly E. Dempsey, Esq.

Kelly joined The Phia Group’s team in early 2014.  She is one of The Phia Group’s health care attorneys, specializing in plan document drafting and review, as well as a myriad of compliance matters.  Kelly’s former industry experience extends to having worked for a TPA and an insurance carrier, which has given her experience with balance billing and other provider disputes, COB for Medicare, referenced based pricing, usual & reasonable fees, as well as the other issues TPAs face on a daily basis.  Kelly brings a unique perspective to The Phia Group and is a valuable asset to its team of consultants and health benefits attorneys.

Kelly is admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio and the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio.  Kelly earned her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business from Muskingum University (formerly Muskingum College), graduating magna cum laude. Kelly is an active member of the Medina County Bar Association, serving on its Grievance Committee.

Photo Of Phia Group Director, Provider Relations - Jon Jablon, Esq.

Jon Jablon, Esq.
Director, Provider Relations

Jon joined The Phia Group’s team in 2013. Jon received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School and is admitted to the bars of New York and Massachusetts. He is well-versed in the ins and outs of ERISA, stop-loss policies, PPO agreements, administrative services agreements, and health plans. Jon has become an integral part of The Phia Group’s legal team, providing various consulting services to clients. He works on a large variety of projects for The Phia Group’s clients, including providing advisory opinions, consultative advice, and contract review.

As the Director of Phia Group Consulting’s Provider Relations Team, Jon assists various types of benefit plan clients – such as plans utilizing Medicare-based pricing, narrow networks, and traditional PPO plans – with disputes related to out-of-area and other out-of-network claims, "reasonable and appropriate" or "usual and customary" fees, reference-based pricing, appeals (including air ambulance appeals), medical bill negotiation, and more.

Jon received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oswego State University in New York, prior to obtaining his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School.

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Andrew Silverio, Esq.

Andrew joined the Phia Group, LLC as attorney Third Party Liability Lawyer in the summer of 2014, dealing with a variety of issues such as Medicare recovery and Medicare COB, class action recovery, and other opportunities to recoup funds for benefit plans.  In addition to conducting research into novel and developing areas of the industry, his primary focus is on provider relations, dispute resolution, and cost containment. He handles many of the company’s more challenging and complex cases involving disputes between benefit plans, participants, providers, insurance carriers, employers and brokers.

Andrew attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, earning his B.A. in professional music.  He then attended Suffolk University Law School, graduating with an intellectual property concentration with distinction.  There, he took the step into the healthcare realm of the legal world, serving first as an editor and content contributor, and then on the executive board of the Journal of Health and Biomedical Law.  Andrew is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Photo Of Phia Group Legal Team Member - Sean N. Donnelly, Esq.

Sean N. Donnelly, Esq.

Sean joined The Phia Group, LLC in 2013 and currently serves as Corporate Counsel.  In his role as Corporate Counsel, Sean is primarily responsible for handling the drafting, negotiation and enforcement of The Phia Group’s contracts and agreements.  Sean likewise oversees The Phia Group’s licensing agreements, trademarks and other intellectual property matters.  He also serves as a key advisor to The Phia Group’s management on legal and regulatory compliance issues, business governance issues and internal policies and procedures.  Sean has also been a contributor to The Phia Group’s webinars and co-authored educational articles and guidebooks on the self-funded industry.

Sean earned his B.A. in Political Science with Distinction from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.  While in law school, Sean worked as a student-attorney with the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau and also successfully completed an externship with the Regional Counsel’s Office of the Federal Aviation Administration.  Sean is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Brady Bizarro, Esq.

Brady joined The Phia Group, LLC as an attorney in early 2016. As a member of The Phia Group's in-house legal team, he focuses on contract review, ERISA, ACA, and HIPAA compliance, claim negotiation, and providing general consultative advice on matters involving the health insurance industry and employee benefits law.

Attorney Bizarro earned his B.A. from Boston University, graduating magna cum laude, and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. While at BU Law, Brady served as a Note Editor for the International Law Journal and worked as a summer associate at Greene LLP, a civil litigation firm in Boston that specializes in health care fraud cases and the Civil False Claims Act. He also worked as a student attorney with Boston University’s Civil Litigation Clinic, where he represented indigent defendants in employment and discrimination cases in state court.

Photo Of Phia Group Legal Team Member - Maribel Echeverry, Esq.

Maribel Echeverry, Esq.

Maribel joined the Phia Group, LLC as a subrogation attorney in 2016. She is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. As an attorney with The Phia Group, Maribel concentrates on subrogation and reimbursement, and she handles many challenging and complex recovery cases.

Maribel earned her B.A. from Roger Williams University in psychology and legal studies. She then attended Roger Williams University School of Law where she earned her J.D. While attending Roger Williams School of Law, Maribel served as a student-attorney for the Kent County, R.I. branch of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. After graduating law school, she practiced as a plaintiffs’ litigation attorney representing a wide variety of clients in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits.

Photo Of Phia Group Legal Team Member - Krista Masschinot, Esq.

Krista Maschinot, Esq.

Krista joined the Phia Group as a consulting attorney in 2017. Prior to working at the Phia Group, Krista worked as an associate counsel for the annuity division of a large insurance group. Krista focuses on health plan document design and the regulatory issues affecting the administration of employee benefit plans.

Krista received her Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America and her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. She is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio.